2 items from 2017
Twenty years ago, Cheryl Dunye made history as the first African-American lesbian to direct a feature-length film. Now that film, The Watermelon Woman, has finally been given a proper DVD release, courtesy of First Run Features. To mark the occasion, we spoke on the phone with Dunye about the film, history, performance, and authenticity.
The Film Stage: Both The Watermelon Woman and the short that’s included on the new DVD, Black Is Blue, express a high level of commitment and detail in the recreation of documentary form. What documentaries and / or mockumentaries influenced you?
Cheryl Dunye: I’ve been working in this practice since the late ‘80s. I went to Rutgers and had a studio practice there, got my Mfa, and that’s where I discovered what was becoming the queer film world. There was a lack of identity, representation — in the work that was being seen — by, »
- Daniel Schindel
Quentin Tarantino loved Jim McBride’s remake of Godard’s seminal new wave film, even though it recalls the glossy facades of star Richard Gere’s American Gigolo more than the gritty black and white of that French director’s kinetic masterpiece. The plot is more Tarantianian than Godard as well, with Gere as a casual thief obsessed with comic books and rock ’n roll. Valerie Kaprisky is his scrumptious partner in crime and Richard Kline (The Fury) provided the sumptuous photography.
- TFH Team
2 items from 2017
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